(Newser)–A felon serving time in a Texas prison has managed to give President Obama a run for his money in West Virginia’s Democratic primary. Keith Judd, who is serving a federal sentence for extortion, took 40% of the vote to Obama’s 60%, the highest result of any Democratic challenger in the primaries so far, reports Politico. The result may get Judd four delegates to the Democratic National Convention, although officials say it’s not clear whether he has filed the necessary paperwork. Judd—who filed to run in 14 states in 2008 but only made it onto the ballot in Idaho—was able to get on the West Virginia ballot by paying a $2,500 fee and filing a form known as notarized certification of announcement, state officials say. West Virginia has never been Obama country—he lost every county to Hillary Clinton in 2008—but the Judd vote shows just how unpopular the president is in some areas, the AP notes. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin, both Democrats, have refused to say whether they’ll vote for him in November
Is Keith Judd the greatest political athlete of all time? I mean taking 40% of the vote in a primary against a sitting president is nothing to sneeze at. When you consider the fact that Keith Judd is running his entire campaign out of his Texas jail cell it’s even more impressive. If West Virginia is any indication about how the rest of the nation will vote then Obama could actually be in trouble against Mitt Romney. Maybe Romney should make Judd his VP. Judd is serving time for extortion(perfect background to be an elected official) so you know he can raise money. He is from the South, he is a registered democrat so it would show Mitt’s willingness to reach across the aisle, and has an obvious ability to make a connection to the people. America is a nation of second chances. Romney-Judd 2012.
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